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Initial post: 12 May 2012 01:24:30 BDT
Joss says:
Every Common Bush This is a new book about Burma before WW2 - It is about an ordinary family from Britain living an ordinary life in an extraordinary country. Worth a read.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2012 13:04:10 BDT
Are there any books anyone would recommend specifically about Aung Sang Suu Kyi?

Just read on the BBC ( that she has received a passport for the first time: good for her! She deserves that Peace Prize.

Posted on 12 May 2012 15:05:07 BDT
Joss says:
There is her autobiography on Amazon which will probably give you a lot about her. But you should also look for books that cover the journey from just before independence to now, because Burma has been effected by tyranny for so many years that it is almost unrecognisable.

Where as India (after a difficult start) flourished after independence, taking the structures left by the British and turning them to huge advantage, Burma has faded. It is a country rich in resources and culture, though divided between two different peoples, and it should have become the richest, most successful country in the region - that is what families like mine hoped following WW2. Instead it ended up as one of the poorest. Very sad. That is why the changes happening now are so important and why there is such a mixture of optimism and pessimism in the country - it is not just about the last 20 years, but about all the years since 1948.
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